Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pacy Wahindoh hold Bengaluru in six goal thriller

AIFF Media

Bengaluru FC and Royal Wahingdoh, the second and third position team from the Hero I-league played a fast-paced entertaining game that ended in a 3-3 result. 

Attacking from left to right showed intention and forced three corners within first 5 minute of the match. Meanwhile Robin was given the best of the crosses which he failed to capitalize. 

For the visitors, Naoba Singh’s dipping cross in the 6th minute took Bengaluru keeper Ralte by surprise, which was followed by another long ranger few minutes later. 

The match came alive in the 15th minute via a penalty for visitors. Bawar Bekay’s powerful shot hit Joshua Walker’s hand inside the box. Referee Pratap Singh awarded penalty, which Korean Kim Song Yong calmly placed on the right side, out of keeper’s reach. 

Despite of making several goalmouth attempts, BFC failed to create goal chances. 

In 39th minute Robin scored the equalizer from a goal-bound melee, it was an outcome of a nice buildup from Captain Sunil Chhetri which went for a corner. 

Mid fielder Godwin Franco having a fantastic run in the Hero I-League gave visitors the lead again in the 42nd minute from an accurate shot taken outside the box. 

Most of RWFC attacks formed from right wing, with combination Theobold, Kim, and Naoba. The end of first-half witnessed a brilliant solo from diminutive Jackychand Singh, which the BFC keeper managed to keep away.  

Starting of second half, Kim Song failed to from excellent ball fed by skipper Densil Theobold. A timely replacement of Shankar for Thoi Singh gave BFC their equalizer for the second time. It was Mr. Consistent Eugene again whose deft free kick via Shankar’s header found the ball back of Royal’s net. 

Bengaluru took the lead in 72nd minute, Rooney was brought down by the Royal keeper Prem Kumar, Joshua Walkers made no mistake in penalty no mistake to giving his team 3-2 lead. 

However, the lead only lasted for few minutes, when Reagan Singh’s shot from the right side of the box took a heavy deflection and looped out of the reach of keeper. 

Host perhaps paid the price of playing continuous football, the players look jaded later in the game, failing to keep up with the pace of Royal Wahindoh. 

Hero of the match - Godwin Franco